Having never had a dishwasher I moved into a fully furnished rented house just a few weeks ago and was unsure about using the dishwasher at first. Though three students in a house creates a lot of washing up and it did not take long to give in and use the Hotpoint-Ariston FDM550P that was provided. With an Energy efficiency rating of A it does not use as much electricity as older models and can reduce the guilt for those concerned about the environment! With a fast cycle of only 35 minutes the dishwasher is hardly on long enough to really use much electricity and if left for 20 minutes after the cycle has finished the load is dry enough to be put away immediately. Though according to the manufacturer the dishwasher only takes a small load it manages big enough loads when friends and family come for meals and can easily cope with the washing up for at least 6 people after a big meal. Definitely converted me to dishwashers!!